Canadian Headstones (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
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Record Description
Record Type Cemetery Records
Collection years 1790-2013
Languages English
Title in the Language Canadian Headstones
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
Archive
Canadian Headstones Official Website


What Is in the Collection?

The collection includes a name index of headstone inscriptions, courtesy of CanadianHeadstones.com, which is a family history database of records and images from Canada's cemeteries. Take a look at their website for more information about how their Canada headstone project works.


What Can These Records Tell Me?

Cemetery Records usually include:

  • First and Last Name of the Deceased
  • Birth Date of the Deceased
  • Death Date of the Deceased
  • First and Last Name of Spouse
  • Birth Date of the Spouse
  • Death Date of the Spouse

How Do I Search the Collection?

You can search the index or view the images or both. To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The name of a relative or date of the event

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the Page.

  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.


For more tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

What Do I Do Next?

I Found Who I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Use the information to locate an obituary or actual death record.
  • Use the information to find other records such as birth, christening, marriage, census, land and probate records.
  • Use the information to find additional family members.
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.

I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking For, What Now?

  • Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search.
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name, especially French or Latin versions.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Search the indexes and records of Canada Genealogy.
  • Search in the Canada Archives and Libraries.
  • Search in the FamilySearch Library Catalog


Citing This Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.

Collection Citation:

“Canadian Headstones, 1790-2013.” Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. From multiple collections. Index. Canadianheadstones.com. http://www.canadianheadstones.com.

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for Canadian Headstones.


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